Mood, history and feelings. Most of what leads us into our situations. Wine is no different.
What kicks off in your brain when I say Beringer Vineyards? I’ll tell you- white zinfandel. You see yourself perched in front of that huge glass door (cold box) in a wine shop wondering what jug you will choose. It’s pink, full of gushy fruit, and will do the job.
And nothing wrong with it. I defend blushy goodnes in this blog: if you are interested in reading: White Zinfandel – so, we don’t need to get into that.
Beringer makes a damn good White Zinfandel – probably the best in the market. There are a few more facts you should know about the winery. I covered a few here: The Rise and Fall of a Wine Dinner. However, for some of the top hits:
- Two brothers began this winery in 1876. We can consider them some of the godfathers of California winemaking and wine growing. Jacob Beringer’s great great (maybe another great) grandson is now leading the charge; Mark Beringer. One of the COOLEST guys in Cali; laid back, very handsome, witty, a ton of charm.
- Beringer Private Reserve level of wines (chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon) are the crown jewels of the Beringer line up. Both varietals have won “Wine of the Year” in the past (the only winery EVER to achieve this status), and continue to be a benchmark of true California “wine of place” choices.
- There is so much more to explore here. Not only are wines produced in Napa (and who would snub their nose at that), but fruit is also sourced from Paso Robles, Sonoma…more to come. Consistency, history, an apex of where we all began in California winemaking.
When I want to grab and go with something good, Beringer’s Private Reserve Chardonnay is on my mind. In fact, a bottle is usually chilled and ready to go. It is rich, classy, and complex all at the same time. There is citrus, honeysuckle, baked apple – but not to a point where you can’t enjoy more than one glass. Does that happen to you? Sometimes the chardonnay is just “too much” and overbearing. I’ve never experienced that with this wine. In fact, this is a “all nighter” to me; I can enjoy this wine by itself, and throughout the meal. The wine pairs well with EVERYTHING and everyone enjoys it. That is always important to me. If we are friends, you know I can pull out some funky wines. However, I want you to enjoy yourself, and not wear that wrinkly face after a sip, and ask for some tequila instead. This is a staple, and will continue to be with me.
Where do I get this stuff? – The nice answer to this question is ANYWHERE! Shoppers Vineyard in Clifton, Wine Library in Springfield, Central Avenue Wines in Jersey City (I LOVE the owner Neil. He rules)…I could go on. This wine is a classic to wine buyers, and as I have outlined, a pure expression of California chardonnay.
What should you have in your purse? – Around $30. You can buy a cheaper chardonnay, and I don’t blame you if you do. We are moving into a heavier palette meal time – October brings lovely soups and roasts, Thanksgiving is around the corner, and I’m hungry. You need something that measures up, and can deliver these hearty flavors to your table. Take the plunge.
And now for something that has NOTHING to do with this blog – check out my girls back squatting. This summer, nothing has made me more happy than working through my back squat. If I didn’t have my posse behind me, well, is it worth it? So impressed with what we all have accomplished!:
One response to “Drink This: Stop the Beringer Hate”
Nice defense of Beringer. I finally went there after nearly 3 years living in Napa and was amazed at the full range of their wines. Some of their reserve wines are spectacular. Thanks for sharing your appreciation for them. After all, they are one of the founding wineries in Napa. I’ll have a write up on them soon in our blog: http://www.topochinesvino.com. For now, check out our article on one of Napa’s newest winemakers, an import from France. The article is entitled “A Frenchman in Napa Valley.”